Dominik Hrbatý

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Dominik Hrbatý
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Country  Slovakia
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1978-01-04) 4 January 1978 (age 36)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (Now Slovakia)
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 1996
Retired 2010 (brief periods of activity 2011-2012)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $7,065,241
Singles
Career record 359–318
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 12 (18 October 2005)
Current ranking No. 1089 (14 January 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2001, 2005)
French Open SF (1999)
Wimbledon 3R (2004)
US Open QF (2004)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2004, 2008)
Doubles
Career record 150–211
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 14 (13 November 2000)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (2005)
Hopman Cup W (2005, 2009)

Dominik Hrbatý (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdomɪnɪk ˈɦr̩batiː]; born 4 January 1978, Bratislava) is a professional tennis player from Slovakia.[1] He reached the semi-finals of the 1999 French Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 12 in October 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Hrbatý was born on 4 January 1978 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. His father was an architecture engineer and his younger brother is an umpire. When he was younger, Hrbatý was European junior competitor in skiing and from the age of 11, he focused on tennis full-time.

He is engaged to Nelly Petrová; he proposed after Slovakia won the Hopman Cup on 10 January 2009 (with Dominika Cibulková).[2] He also won the tournament for Slovakia in 2005 with Daniela Hantuchová. This makes Hrbatý a dual winner to move into the company of Serena Williams, James Blake, Tommy Robredo and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

Tennis career[edit]

Hrbatý turned professional in 1996. During the year he reached six Challenger finals and achieved a 35–15 match record. He ended the year as the youngest player in the top 100.

In 1997, Hrbatý won the Košice Challenger title defeating Nicolás Lapentti. He also reached his first ATP Tour final in Palermo, losing to Alberto Berasategui. His first doubles success on the Tour was reaching the final of Umag with Karol Kučera.

Hrbatý broke through for his first ATP title in 1998 in San Marino and defended his title in Košice. He continued his form into 1999 capturing his second title in Prague. His greatest breakthrough was reaching the semi-finals of Roland Garros where he defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marcelo Ríos before falling to eventual winner, Andre Agassi.

Despite not winning a title in 2000, Hrbatý reached three finals in Monte Carlo, St. Petersburg and Brighton. During the year he helped Slovakia win the ATP World Team Championship where he had wins over Pete Sampras and Kafelnikov. While not winning a title in singles, he won the Rome Masters doubles title with Martin Damm and reached another three finals.

Hrbaty is a powerful and attacking player, he has 3-1 win record against rafael nadal.

2001 got off to a quick start for Hrbatý, winning in Auckland for his third ATP title. Backed up that win with a quarter-finals appearance at the Australian Open. On his way he defeated number two seed, Marat Safin. Other notable singles results were reaching the semi-finals in Dubai, Tashkent and Moscow. Hrbatý helped Slovakia back into the World Group stage in Davis Cup by defeating Nicolás Massú and Rios in 5 sets coming from 2 sets down in each match.

Hrbatý had an average year in 2002 where he finished out of the top 50 for the first time since 1996. He won a Challenger title in Biella. In 2003, Hrbatý made the final in Auckland losing to Gustavo Kuerten. Also made the semi-finals in Casablanca and Umag. Defeated Andy Roddick in the Davis Cup to end the American's 19 match winning streak.

Hrbatý best season in his career to date was in 2004. Started the season with back to back title wins in Auckland and Adelaide. Auckland victory was over Rafael Nadal in the final. One of only two players to have a winning career record over Nadal. Then won his sixth career title in Marseille and then made it to the final in Casablanca. Achieved his one of his best wins by defeating World No. 1 Roger Federer in Cincinnati and then made it to the quarter-finals of the US Open.

In 2005, Hrbatý finished in the top 20 despite not reaching a singles final. His best results were semi-finals in Los Angeles, Metz and Basel. He had good success in the ATP Masters Series in Miami, Rome and Montreal where he reached the quarter-finals.

Also in 2005, Hrbatý helped Slovakia reach the Davis Cup final against Croatia. He compiled a 6–1 singles record during the season. Inflicted Ivan Ljubičić's only singles loss in the final but Slovakia lost the final 2–3.

2006 was mixed year for Hrbatý. Reached his second Tennis Masters Series title final in Paris losing to Nikolay Davydenko. This helped him finish in the top 25 in the year end rankings. Other results were semi-finals in Los Angeles and Vienna and a quarter-finals in Beijing.

Hrbatý's form started to drop in 2007. He was plagued by an elbow injury which severely limited his play in the season.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, in doubles, he lost to Jesse Levine and Alex Kuznetsov, while pairing with Harel Levy of Israel, 6–1, 6–4.

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Hrbatý lost to his good friend and former doubles partner Roger Federer in the first round 6–3, 6–2, 6–2. Hrbatý sat immediately next to Federer and had an amicable conversation with him during the last changeover of the match, telling Federer that this may be Hrbatý's last Wimbledon and that, as a joke, this has been the first victory for Federer in a match against him and leads him 2-1 in head to head.

In 2010, Hrbaty announced his retirement as he became a father for the first time.

In 2012, Hrbaty temporarily returned to professional tennis by playing in the qualifying tournament for the 2012 Heineken Open. He won his first round of qualifying by beating Pere Riba in straight sets 6–4, 6–2.

Major finals[edit]

ATP Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (0–2)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2000 Monte Carlo Clay France Cédric Pioline 3–6, 6–7(3–7), 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 2006 Paris Carpet (i) Russia Nikolay Davydenko 1–6, 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 1 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 2000 Miami Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2000 Rome Clay Czech Republic Martin Damm South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
6–4, 4–6, 6–3

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 13 (6–7)[edit]

Wins (6)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Clay (1)
Grass (0)
Carpet (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 10 August 1998 San Marino Clay Argentina Mariano Puerta 6–2, 7–5
2. 26 April 1999 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Sláva Doseděl 6–2, 6–2
3. 8 January 2001 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Spain Francisco Clavet 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
4. 5 January 2004 Adelaide, Australia Hard France Michaël Llodra 6–4, 6–0
5. 12 January 2004 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Spain Rafael Nadal 4–6, 6–2, 7–5
6. 23 February 2004 Marseille, France Hard (i) Sweden Robin Söderling 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-ups (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 29 September 1997 Palermo, Italy Clay Spain Alberto Berasategui 4–6, 2–6
2. 17 April 2000 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay France Cédric Pioline 4–6, 6–7(3–7), 6–7(6–8)
3. 6 November 2000 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Russia Marat Safin 6–2, 4–6, 4–6
4. 20 November 2000 Brighton, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Tim Henman 2–6, 2–6
5. 6 January 2003 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 3–6, 5–7
6. 17 May 2004 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Spain Santiago Ventura 3–6, 6–1, 4–6
7. 30 October 2006 Paris, France Carpet (i) Russia Nikolay Davydenko 1–6, 2–6, 2–6

Performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 SR W–L
Australian Open A 4R 1R 1R 1R QF 4R 1R 3R QF 4R 3R A 2R A 0 / 11 21–11
French Open A 1R 3R SF 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R A A 0 / 12 13–12
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 12 4–12
US Open A 1R 2R 1R 4R 2R 3R 2R QF 4R 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 12 15–12
Win–Loss 0–0 3–4 3–4 5–4 5–4 6–4 5–4 2–4 9–4 8–4 5–4 2–4 0–3 1–1 0–0 0 / 48 54–48
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A NH 1R NH 2R NH 2R NH 0 / 3 2–3
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A 1R 1R A 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 2R A A A 0 / 10 3–10
Miami Masters A 4R 2R QF 4R 3R 1R 1R 3R QF 2R 1R 1R A A 0 / 12 15–12
Monte Carlo Masters A 1R A 1R F 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R A A A 0 / 10 8–10
Rome Masters A A A 2R QF 1R A 2R 1R QF 2R 1R A A A 0 / 8 9–8
Hamburg Masters A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 10 4–10
Canada Masters A A A A A 2R 1R A 1R QF 2R 3R A A A 0 / 6 7–6
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 1R 1R 2R A 2R 3R 3R 1R A A A 0 / 7 6–7
Madrid Masters (Stuttgart) A A A 2R 2R 1R A A 2R 3R 2R A A A A 0 / 6 4–6
Paris Masters A A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R F A A A A 0 / 8 9–8
Career Statistics
Titles 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Overall Win–Loss 0–2 27–23 34–29 38–32 44–29 31–30 23–29 26–26 42–26 43–26 32–28 10–21 5–9 4–7 0–1 359–318
Year End Ranking 78 40 46 21 17 36 51 61 14 18 21 136 253 141 417 $7,068,735

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hrbaty retires to spend more time with his family Yahoo. Retrieved 22 November 2010
  2. ^ Hrbatý Celebrates Engagement ATPtennis.com, 11 January 2009

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Australia Mark Philippoussis
ATP Newcomer of the Year
1996
Succeeded by
Spain Julián Alonso
Preceded by
Elena Kaliská
Sportsperson of Slovakia
2005
Succeeded by
Radoslav Židek